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Counselling Children and Young People
(11-18 years)


This course is dedicated to providing learners with the opportunity to develop and refine their counselling skills, specifically tailored for working with children and young people (11-18). Through a closely supervised and assessed placement in a school or counselling agency, you will apply and enhance these skills in real-world settings. The program also offers a deep understanding of counselling work with children, framed within a therapeutic context that is underpinned by attachment theory and neuroscience. We are excited to support you on this rewarding journey of professional and personal growth, equipping you with the knowledge and experience to make a meaningful impact in the lives of children and young people.

Important Note

Students are required to be in placement on commencement of the course. Proof to this is required within 2 weeks of the start of the course. Failure to provide placement or client work with CYP (11-18) will mean withdrawal from the course.


By the end of this course, you will be equipped to work safely, legally, and ethically with children and young people (CYP). You will develop the skills to facilitate a therapeutic relationship with CYP, work effectively with difference and diversity, and collaborate creatively and flexibly. Additionally, you will cultivate growing self-awareness and learn to use theory, research, and practical skills within a developing framework. You will also gain the ability to monitor and maintain your professional practice and effectiveness as a CYP counsellor. We look forward to supporting you on this transformative journey towards becoming a skilled and compassionate counsellor for children and young people.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates must  be 19 or over

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) or the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) equivalent (minimum 420 Guided Learning Hours), in addition to appropriate pre-TC-L4 (or equivalent) training.

Please see:  CPCAB Candidate Entry Requirements for criteria considered important in selecting applicants for a programme leading to CYP-L5

Course Fees & Funding


​Registration Fee: £366

(Instalment Plans available with deposit)

The qualification 'MAY' be eligible in England for Advanced Learner Loans (19+).

Candidates in England may also be able to access funding according to individual entitlement criteria (e.g. related to age and/or employment status and/or prior qualifications).

For more detailed see funding information.

Course Dates and Times

This course runs from SEPTEMBER 2024 and is made up of 15 weekend workshops

 (To be confirmed)

9: 30am - 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday

This course is held at Phoenix Academy, Phoenix Counselling and Therapy Services CIC, 10 Langdale Road, Billingham.

TS23 1AN.

The Finer Details

CYP - Level 5

Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 120

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 435

Credit value: 44

Course Assessment

Your work will be assessed using a variety of methods, including a reflective journal, reading assignment sheets, case studies, supervisor reports, the SEN e-module, and other assignments. Each learner will also have the opportunity for one-on-one discussions during tutorials at the mid-point and end of the course. We look forward to supporting you on this transformative journey towards becoming a skilled and compassionate counsellor for children and young people.

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Commitment to Neurodivergence and LGBTQIA+ in Counselling

This course in committed to in-depth acceptance and exploration of neurodivergence and LGBTQIA+ identities within the context of counselling. Students will learn about the unique challenges and strengths of neurodivergent individuals, as well as the diverse experiences and needs of LGBTQIA+ clients. The course aligns and emphasises the importance of culturally competent and inclusive practices, focusing on creating a safe and affirming therapeutic environment. Through case studies, guest speakers, and interactive discussions, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to support and advocate for neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ clients, promoting mental health and well-being in these communities.

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